Journalism & Public Relations
Welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are home to 40 faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in media education. JPR programs are accredited by the ACEJMC and we offer four academic options: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
The semester got off to an exciting start with news that JPR alumna Asjia Garner, class of 2019, has joined First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s communications staff. Congratulations, Asjia! Garner is the second JPR alum to work in the White House. Eric Draper served as President George W. Bush’s chief photographer. We also learned early in spring that Professor Teresa Puente’s JOUR 450: Bilingual Journalism class will partner with the Long Beach Post to produce local Spanish-language news content. And even though the pandemic continues to keep us physically apart, students can still meet one on one with an academic adviser and they can connect with each other through JPR student clubs: National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists and the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Fall 2020 was a big semester for JPR because it welcomed the biggest transfer cohort in department history! More than 100 students from close to a dozen community colleges joined the JPR family. The department also hosted its inaugural JPR Internship Week in fall. Alumni and professionals from notable organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, Telemundo, Golin and Northrup Grumman offered internship advice and career success tips to hundreds of students. Meanwhile, JPR students continued to rack up college media awards with Paula Riley winning a prestigious Hearst journalism award for her DIG MAG story on Santa Ana-based rapper Frosty. Congratulations, Paula and all college media competition winners!